The Full Moon of January – Spirit Moon

According to the indigenous traditions of the Ojibwe (or Anishinaabe)[i], we are entering the time of the Spirit Moon or Great Spirit Moon marking a time of prayer and contemplation.  Some call this the Wolf Moon believing the howling of the wolf was due to the scarcity of food in winter months. The name given to each full moon identifies the entire lunar month and not just the full moon date itself.

In the dark of winter there is cold, silence and sometimes scarcity.  All elements that lessen the physical and increase the spiritual.  The dark of winter or the ‘sense of stillness in the night’ creates a sense of emptiness or a void.  It is a place where, for a moment, we can pause and reflect; where we can reground, regroup and perhaps forge a new perspective be it on life or the pressing situation of the moment. 

Science has given us the understanding that the void is not empty at all but teeming with life force energies and unlimited possibilities and potentials.  And when our consciousness becomes part of the empty space, there is a fullness that allows us to develop new realities, manifest potentials and forge new pathways. 

If we shift our awareness or expand our perspectives, there is something greater to be found.  For some, it may be a deepened appreciation for the silence that takes them out of the chaos – for a moment in time.  For others, it may be the opportunity to catch their breath before taking the next step.  And yet, for others, it is the time to dance in the silence to the flow of this silvery moon connecting deep into the rhythm of one’s soul or to renew our connection with the Great Mystery, the Great Spirit in our lives.

I think of the words from the Simon and Garfunkel song:

“Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.”

This is what the Great Spirit Moon offers us: a pause within the moments of chaos –  visions softly creeping in, seeds of potential being planted within the sounds of the silence.  

An anecdote about the writing of this song by Paul Simon stated in many interviews that he wrote The Sound of Silence at the age of 21 while in his bathroom, where he turned off the lights to better concentrate and to sit by himself, play his guitar and dream. 

May we all take a moment during this Great Spirit Moon to dream in the Sounds of Silence.

Full Moon Rituals

Moon Bath your crystals/gemstones by placing them in the full moon light to recharge.  Up to two days before and two days after.

Fire Ceremony – Releasing the non-resonant energies or things no longer serving your highest good.  What is not released is held for another 30 day lunar cycle.  Create a sacred fire, adding sacred herbs/medicines to cleanse the space.  You can use one or a combination of herbs.  Sage, Cedar, Tobacco, Sweetgrass, Rosemary, and Lavender are just a few.  Write the things you wish to release on paper.  Set your intention to release these from your energetic field.  Fold the paper away from you and place it into the fire.  After the paper has burned, call in the abundance of the universe and higher light to assist you.

Moon Water – Place water in a clean, glass jar or jug and place in the moon light overnight.  The water absorbs the moon energies.  Drink some every day or add a small amount to your drinking water.

Moon Essence:  Take some of the moon water adding your favorite essential oils to make a room spray or spray for your sheets and pillows.  Lavender, Rose, Vetiver are some of my favorites.

Moon Dance, Moon Bath, Moon Sleep – These activities allow you to absorb the light and energy from the moon rays into the physical body.  They are nurturing and healing, especially for the emotional body.  Many cultures have rituals of dancing under the full moon.  My auntie taught me to gather the moon beams as I sang a song.  They were unique gifts never collected for ourselves but needed to be given to people. 

Finish Up Projects:  The full moon is not a time to start new projects.  It is a time to finish up projects.

Space Clearing:  Whether it is your house, a room, your electronics, full moon time is an opportune time for removing the stale, old energies that accumulate in and around these things.  Sage is excellent for this. 

Declutter:  The full moon is a time for releasing so perfect for clearing the cupboards, closets, or the office.

[i] Ontario Native Literacy Project – the Ojibwe (or Anishinaabe) peoples called it Mnido Giizis, the Spirit Moon, marking a time of prayer and contemplation.

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